It may sound unbelievable but I use it since 1991! So that's 15 years! 15 years of good and loyal service. I am very satisfied. I do not know how long it will last but I do all my recordings mobile professionals with this little gem. Obviously at the time he was not given, but I can say that I easily pay my investment (about 9000 francs).
I like: bright display, 8 hours of recording 32 kHz on DAT K7 125 meters, compact and convenient
At the time of purchase, there was little choice, so I have not tried anything else.
If I had to redo this purchase, I would not hesitate.
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pifa's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I bought my TCD3 shortly after its appearance in Japan where it was almost half price (in 3500F), and yes it was a good machine despite control buttons way too small.
The big weakness in my opinion was dedicated batteries expensive, hard to find too quickly and lose their capacity over time, to become unusable after two or three years.
My DAT I could still use even with a power supply eventually break down permanently last year; mechanics seize up from time to time already before. It will still be held 15 years Maintenat ... I have nothing to listen to my tapes to CD or transfer ...
Should I buy a DAT-hand, but it's still too expensive for my taste for machines relatively fragile and doomed to disappear.
I just offer me a PCM D-50 for my recording.